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How much does it cost to import a car from Germany to US?

Published by Joe Webster.

How much does it cost to import a car from Germany to US?

Importing a car from Germany to the US can be a significant investment. The average cost of importing a vehicle from Europe, specifically Germany, ranges between $1800 and $3500 per vehicle.

Importing a German automobile to the US requires multiple steps. The vehicle's portability must be determined first. The car must meet all regulations set by both countries' governments. These include safety regulations, pollution requirements, and other vehicle-specific rules.

The Importance of Checking the Eligibility of the German Car for Import

Checking if a German car may be imported into the US is essential before buying one. Manufacturing norms and emission levels determine whether a German car can be imported. Note that not all German vehicles meet U.S. norms. Thus, before buying or shipping, you must investigate your model.

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Imported autos must meet strict U.S. safety and environmental standards. These include EPA and DOT rules. European autos often must meet these requirements due to different regulation regimes. Modifying an imported vehicle to comply with these laws may be costly or impossible, depending on the make and model.

One way around this issue could be importing cars over 25 years old since they are exempted from DOT and EPA rules under classic car provisions. However, other restrictions might apply, so it's always advisable to consult with experts or relevant authorities before making any decisions regarding importation. By doing this preliminary check, you avoid unnecessary costs, legal issues, or disappointments when registering your newly imported German automobile.

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The Process of Shipping a Car from Germany

Bringing an automobile from Germany to the US requires numerous processes. The first is finding a dependable international auto transport business that handles paperwork and customs clearance. Prices vary depending on vehicle size and weight, shipment mode (container or roll-on/roll-off), departure port in Germany, destination port in the US, and door-to-door service.

Once you have chosen your auto transport company, they will guide you through preparing your car for shipment. This typically includes cleaning the vehicle thoroughly inside and out to avoid quarantine upon arrival due to soil contamination. All personal items should be removed from the car because marine insurance does not cover them during transit. Also, remember to leave only about 1/4 tank of gas in your car before it’s shipped.

The next stage is clearing U.S. customs, which requires an original title or a certified copy and the bill of sale. Import duties, normally 2%–3% of customs stated value, must also be paid. Once cleared by CBP, automobiles are usually available for pickup at a shipping carrier-designated site within a few days.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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